June 2007

NORTHWEST VEG

We educate and empower people to make vegetarian choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.

(503) 224-7380
info@nwveg.org

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Contents

  1. Pirates on Tap for June Dine-out
  2. First-Ever Master Vegetarian Program Starts in September
  3. VegFest Attracts Record Crowd to Explore Compassionate Choices
  4. Seeking an Eastside Potluck Venue
  5. Author of World Peace Diet to Speak at June Potluck
  6. Potluck Picnic on July 4th to Include All the Fun Without Meat
  7. Volunteer Needs Include July 4 Picnic and Volunteer Coordinator Position
  8. Members to Receive Ballots to Elect Board Members
  9. Easy Bike Rides Planned Throughout the Summer
  10. Tennis and Tofu, Anyone?
  11. Veg & Veg-Friendly Events Near and Far May Be Worth Your Travel Time
  12. Home Screenings of Earthlings Offered in June and July

Pirates on Tap for June Dine-out

Each month Northwest VEG selects a restaurant where members and friends gather to enjoy exclusively vegetarian fare. This month, on June 9 at 5:30 pm, we’ll meet at Pirates Tavern, 2839 NW St. Helens Rd., Portland. Unique dishes include "chicken" cattiatore, beer batter "fish" 'n' chips, tempeh Reubens, and Salisbury "Steak." Organic beers/wine. Please bring cash to simplify the settling of the bill. To RSVP, contact Andre at vegdineout@gmail.com or (503) 224-7380 (message phone) by June 6. Seating is limited to the first 24 to RSVP.


First-Ever Master Vegetarian Program Starts in September

Northwest VEG and People's Food Co-op will be sponsoring a pilot Master Vegetarian Program this fall. Patterned after the successful Master Recycler and Master Gardener programs, the Master Vegetarian Program will offer weekly classes on eight consecutive Tuesday evenings starting Sept. 18 covering all aspects of a vegetarian lifestyle. Following an introduction and overview of the program, classes will look at environmental aspects of diet choices, vegetarian nutrition, effects of diet on health and diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, animal behavior and the treatment of farm animals, organic agriculture, philosophical and religious aspects of diet and animal treatment, healthy eating and cooking practices. Knowledgeable guest instructors will teach each class. Two field trips will be included in the course.

The Master Vegetarian Program is aimed at people who want to find out how food choices affect our health, the environment, and our relationship with animals—and how to incorporate this learning into their daily lives. Cost for the series will be $50, or $25 for students or those on low income. Attendees will be expected to contribute 16 volunteer hours to a nonprofit organization that concerns itself with one or more of the issues discussed in the course. A Master Vegetarian Certificate will be offered to those who complete the classes and the volunteer hours.

Registration in the Master Vegetarian Program will start June 14 and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to express interest in registering, contact Susan Hanson at susan@nwveg.org, or leave a message at (503) 224-7380 with your name and contact information.


Seeking an Eastside Potluck Venue

Northwest VEG is in search of a welcoming facility with a kitchen for Northwest VEG Eastside potlucks on most odd-numbered months. Our longtime venue, the Multnomah Friends Meeting Hall on SE Stark, is currently undergoing a renovation and is unavailable; and we’ve grown a little too large to comfortably meet there. Conversely, our temporary home at Trinity United Methodist is too large and expensive—and it’s not available for the July 15 potluck. If anyone has ideas for a suitable church hall or other meeting place close in on the eastside that can accommodate 75 people, please contact jill@nwveg.org. Ideally, the venue would be very convenient to public transportation.


Potluck Picnic on July 4th to Include All the Fun Without Meat

A Northwest VEG potluck picnic will celebrate the spirit of independence without any meat—only delicious, cruelty-free food. We'll meet at 1 pm on July 4 at Raleigh Park, SW 78th Avenue between the Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. (bus 54) and Canyon Road (bus 58). The picnic will last until 5 pm.

Bring your favorite vegan (no eggs, dairy products or other animal-derived ingredients) or vegetarian (no meat, fish) dish, enough to share for 4 people for every member in your party — and we'll supply drinks. Please bring a card listing the ingredients of your dish and plates and utensils for your use. Get ready for croquet and bocce ball. Bring other lawn games! We have reserved a number of picnic tables, but you may want to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Don't forget your tennis racquet, if you play. A swimming pool at the park is available for a few dollars per person.


Volunteer Needs Include July 4 Picnic and Volunteer Coordinator Position

If you can volunteer at the July 4 potluck picnic, there are a few positions that need to be filled. We need a games coordinator (2 - 5pm), help with set-up (11:30am - 1 pm), and help with clean-up (5 - 6pm); please contact Maggie at volunteer@nwveg.org or (503) 493-2358.

We also are in need of a new Volunteer Coordinator, for Maggie Raczek (pictured) is stepping down after more than 3 years in this essential position. Maggie’s outstanding efforts have included filling the slots for every potluck, managing the recruitment of scores of volunteers for three VegFests, and assigning volunteers to our information tables at numerous community events. The Volunteer Coordinator is the main contact for general and specific volunteer inquiries, communicating by email and phone to describe and fill volunteer needs. S/he attends potlucks and board meetings often to stay in the informational loop and meet new and old volunteers. S/he communicates with the webmaster and newsletter editors to announce upcoming volunteer needs. Sometimes other volunteers assist the Coordinator to contact volunteers at times of large events or when several activities coincide. To discuss this volunteer opportunity, contact Maggie at volunteer@nwveg.org or (503) 493-2358.


Easy Bike Rides Planned Throughout the Summer

Join a small group of Northwest VEG and OrganicAthlete members for a fun, slow-paced group bike ride. The distance is 20 miles or less, with a rest stop around the halfway point. The ride route is left open to match the ride to the skill level of the riders. The stops are usually at a coffee shop that has vegan options. Meet at the Hawthorne Bridge Fire Station, under the east side of the Hawthorne Bridge. If you have any questions, or suggestions for routes or stops please contact portland@organicathlete.org.

The rides will take place on the following dates:
June 9 (Saturday), 10 am
June 24 (Sunday), 10 am
July 14 (Saturday), 10 am
July 22 (Sunday), 10 am
Aug. 11 (Saturday), 10 am
Aug. 26 (Sunday), 10 am

VegFest Attracts Record Crowd to Explore Compassionate Choices
By Charley Korns, E-Bits Editor

This year’s VegFest: A Compassionate Living Fair was the largest yet, with approximately 1600 attending on May 12 and hundreds turning out the night before to see the keynote address by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. (pictured: NWVEG Thymes editor Tammy Russell and daughter Sabine) It was the culmination of several months of planning that included scores of volunteer hours contributed by a core event team, led by Peter Spendelow, Jill Schatz and Robert Cheeke, all Northwest VEG board members. Although at times it felt as if it might be too much volunteer time to put into a single event, the turnout and ensuing positive feedback made it feel worthwhile. Of course, the volunteering alone was not enough. We received generous support from numerous businesses to secure the venue of Benson High School, pay the expenses and fees of various speakers, purchase advertising, print promotional materials, and buy or rent equipment. We are particularly grateful to our sponsors, the Blossoming Lotus Café, Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, and VegNews Magazine — and Gold Donors Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods and Vega.

In addition to the nearly 50 businesses that exhibited their (100% vegan) products and services, 18 nonprofit groups staffed informational tables. Between learning about products and discovering organizations whose missions resonate with the themes of compassion, improved health and sustainability, fest visitors left with ideas and inspirations that might enhance, even change their lives.

The educational aspects of VegFest were vast and—at only $5 per person for the whole day—the best bargain in town. Speakers, in addition to Dr. Campbell, included John Robbins, Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM); and Kelly Peterson and Jennifer Hillman from the Humane Society of the United States. Chefs included Bo Rinaldi and the chefs of Blossoming Lotus Café; Chef Al Chase of Culinary Awakenings; chefs and authors Julie Hasson, Bryanna Clark Grogan, and Zel Allen.

To see photos from VegFest, visit http://www.nwveg.org/VegFest07_photos.htm. For more information about the speakers, chefs and participating businesses and nonprofits, see http://portlandvegfest.org/2007.


Author of World Peace Diet to Speak at June Potluck

At the Northwest VEG June 24 vegetarian potluck, Will Tuttle, Ph.D., will address the connection between diet and a broad range of our society's problems—psychological, social, and spiritual, as well as health and environmental. Dr. Tuttle has a master’s degree in humanities from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in the philosophy of education from the University of California. A professional pianist and teacher, he has for the last 13 years toured progressive churches, vegetarian and macrobiotic conferences, and intentional communities throughout the country. He trained in Korea as a Zen Buddhist monk and has worked extensively in Tai Chi, yoga, massage, and dance and movement. His latest book is The World Peace Diet – Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony (Lantern Books, 2005). John Robbins calls Dr. Tuttle’s book one of the most provocative he has ever read, with insights that expose the complacency of a culture that has strayed painfully far from compassion.

June 24 (Sunday), 5 pm – 7:30 pm: Northwest VEG Vegetarian Potluck
Join Northwest VEG at the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Road in Portland. Weather permitting we'll have a patio potluck near a play area for kids. Please bring a vegan or vegetarian main dish, salad or dessert, a card listing its ingredients, and plates and utensils for your use. No alcoholic beverages please. If you come alone, figure the amount to serve 4-6; increase the amount 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family. For more information call (503) 224-7380 or email info@nwveg.org. If you can volunteer to help at the potluck, please contact volunteer@nwveg.org or call (503) 493-2358. A donation of $2-5 per person is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental.

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Post-Potluck Presentation: Vegan Philosopher to Speak on World Peace Diet
After the meal, Will Tuttle, Ph.D., will speak. If you wish to attend the program only and not the potluck, please arrive by 6:30 pm.


Members to Receive Ballots to Elect Board Members

Each current member of Northwest VEG will receive a ballot in early June with instructions on electing board members. Those elected serve a 2-year term beginning July 1, 2007. A Nominating Committee recently solicited several potential candidates. Five qualified members have accepted to be on the ballot, and they will all run unopposed. Three of these candidates are currently on the board with terms expiring June 30. These include President Peter Spendelow, Treasurer Linda Sant'Angelo, and Membership Coordinator Jill Schatz. Another candidate is Robert Cheeke who was appointed to the board in February. Rounding out the slate of candidates is Barrett McInnis. The ballot instructions will include a personal statement by each candidate addressing his or her qualifications and interests.


Tennis and Tofu, Anyone?

There’s no better time for tennis than summer, and it seems there’s always a free public court nearby, even if it might sometimes involve a short wait to play. Finding someone to play with, however, is not always as easy. It is especially nice to find others for singles or doubles who are vegetarian/vegan. This might just be the place to make such a connection!
If you would like to meet other players, send the following info to Charley Korns, charley@nweg.org. Please note:

  1. Your skill level as either beginner, intermediate or advanced. Feel free to add more description here.
  2. Whether you would prefer to play with other men, women, or either—and if you prefer to meet players within a certain age range.
  3. Whether you prefer singles, doubles or either.
  4. Your email address and/or phone number.
Veg & Veg-Friendly Events Near and Far May Be Worth Your Travel Time

The great VegFests of Seattle and Portland are behind us for this year, but there are many other festivals and conferences this year that you may wish to attend. It’s always fun to explore a new place and attend an inspiring gathering! All dates are 2007.

VeggieFest 2007 – The Richmond Vegetarian Festival, June 23, Azalea Gardens of Bryan Park, Richmond, VA. http://veggiefest.org/index.htm

McDougall Adventures in Costa Rica – July 11-18; outdoor activities, nightly lectures and entertainment, vegan meals, tropical setting. www.drmcdougall.com/adv_costa_2007.html

Oregon Country Fair – July 13-15, Veneta, OR; incredible annual event showcasing arts, crafts, live music and other entertainment, dozens of food booths, most vegetarian. www.oregoncountryfair.org

Animal Rights 2007 – July 19-23, Westin LAX, Los Angeles. World’s oldest and largest animal rights conference, featuring vegan meals, organized by FARM (Farm Animal Reform Movement). www.arconference.org

Vegetarian Summerfest - July 25-29, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA. “Classes, cuisine, conversation and community for enlightened eaters.” http://vegetariansummerfest.org

Taking Action for Animals – July 28-30, Washington, DC; designed to motivate, inform and inspire anyone who'd like to make a difference for animals, with an emphasis this year on farm animals. www.takingactionforanimals.com

Vegan Camp 2007 – Aug. 4-18, Wales; diverse, casual event that has included circus skills workshops, first aid lessons, raw and wild food workshops, rock climbing, surfing, orienteering, meditation, talent shows, yoga, etc. www.veggies.org.uk/vegancamp

Michigan Womyn's Music Festival – August 7-12, Walhalla, MI; featuring Dar Williams, Catie Curtis, Laura Love and more (vegetarian meals!). www.michfest.com

The 2006 National Essene Gathering – Aug. 10-12, Essene Garden of Peace, 35 acres nestled in the coastal mountain range of Oregon, about one hour west of Eugene. OR. www.essene.org/Essene_Gathering.htm

The London Vegan Festival – Aug. 19, Kensington Town Hall, London WC1; packed with food, speakers, and more, for a mere £1. www.vegancampaigns.org.uk/festival/index.html

The Vibrant Living Expo – Aug. 24-27, Fort Bragg, CA; Speakers, culinary classes, wellness presentations, activities, fitness classes, music, entertainment, raw film screenings, raw pie contest, vendor booths, panels, etc. http://rawfoodchef.com/html/vibrant_living_expo.html

Raw Spirit Retreat – Sept. 6-9, Camp Adams near Molalla, OR. Immerse yourself for three days and nights in all aspects of a successful raw food lifestyle. This event is limited to the first 200 campers who make reservations. www.rawandlivingspirit.org

New York's Capital Region Vegetarian Expo – Sept. 15, Sarasota Springs, NY; promoting the global health benefits of green sustainable living, environmental awareness, compassion for animals and all beings. www.nyvegetarianexpo.org

International Compassionate Living Festival – Oct. 5-7, Durham, NC; featuring authors, academics, activists. and artists united for positive change on behalf of animals worldwide. “Becoming the change” www.animalsandsociety.org/conference07.htm

Phuket Vegetarian Festival – Oct. 11-19, Phuket, Thailand; local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet. www.phuketvegetarian.com

Sowing Seeds Workshop, Oct. 19-20 – Vancouver, BC. Organized by the Institute for Humane Education, a dynamic, interactive, empowering weekend to inspire others to make informed, humane choices. http://humaneeducation.org/events/view/12

Bioneers Conference, Oct. 19-21 – San Rafael, CA. Promoting practical environmental solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring the Earth and communities. http://bioneers.org/conference

Boston Vegetarian Festival, Oct. 20 – Boston, MA. With over 100 exhibitors, the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival is a full day of fun, good food, and learning! http://bostonveg.org/index.html

Home Screenings of Earthlings Offered in June and July

After Jan van Raay saw the documentary film Earthlings, life wasn’t quite the same. This is an excerpt from an article published in the latest issue of Herbivore Magazine:

Earthlings is a feature length documentary about humanity's absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called "non-human providers."

Steeling myself for the horrors I knew I would witness, I made the determination to see the film in its entirety. Enough was enough. I felt powerless to abstain from the last vestiges of my omnivore addictions. I watched Earthlings in one sitting and the following morning it was crystal clear what had to be done. I had to offer this film to everyone I knew. Notice I used the word “offer.” I was not going to beat people over the head with this.

My house is small and my TV is a merciful 15 inches—easier to watch the images in small format I reasoned. I started talking the film up to friends and acquaintances, saying I was very surprised I knew so little, but not withholding the fact that the film contained graphic images. I decided to hold small screenings at my home for 4 to 6 people at a time. The first night four people came: one a hunter, one a 74-year-old retiree, and two female friends, an educational specialist and a dental technician. The film would be shown in the den. I carefully selected six CDs of relaxing music to be playing in the living room where candles burned. When my guests arrived we relaxed for a while, had some snacks and I told them that while watching the film, if they wanted to leave or just chill out in the living room to feel free to do so—no explanation necessary.

I sat with them, watching the film myself for a second time. Everyone stayed. One of the women became verbally angry throughout the screening and left as soon as it was over. The rest of us sat in the living room for a while afterward. The second woman said she needed time to process all of this new information, but asked if we could get together again with others who had seen the film, to have a discussion. The hunter said that he believed the film clips were all isolated incidents and not common. The retiree said he wasn’t going to change his ways. It’s interesting that the woman who left immediately has now fully embraced the vegan way of life and even came with me to the awesome Vegan Holiday Fair at Lincoln High School in Portland (November 2006).

Jan invites others to arrange a time to see Earthlings in her home this June and July. She can be contacted at jvanraay@hotmail.com with "Earthlings" in the subject line. Her full article on Earthlings can be found in Issue #13 of Herbivore, for sale on its website or in local stores: www.herbivoreclothing.com/magazine.page.html.

The Northwest VEG E-Bits is published via email around the first of every even-numbered month. If you would like to contribute to E-bits, or if you have any feedback, please contact Charley Korns, Editor, at charley@nwveg.org.